Over 1.7 million more Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine jabs arrive in PH

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 20 2021 07:23 PM

Vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. and US Chargé d'Affaires in Manila Heather Variava welcome over 1.7 million additional doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday. Photo courtesy of NTF against COVID-19
Vaccine czar Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. and US Chargé d'Affaires in Manila Heather Variava welcome over 1.7 million additional doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday. Photo courtesy of NTF against COVID-19

MANILA — More than 1.7 million additional doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines arrived in the Philippines on Monday.

The fresh shipment of 1,775,955 doses vials from the US-based drugmaker arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, as the country continues to ramp up vaccination efforts.

The additional Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines were donated by the US government through the UN-backed COVAX Facility initiative.

The Philippine government aims to fully immunize at least 50 million by yearend to achieve population protection as more transmissible variants of COVID-19 emerge. 

ABS-CBN News’ vaccine tracker states that as of Dec. 16, the government has achieved 55.8 percent of its targeted 77.1 million people, more than 8 months since its vaccine rollout. 

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